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Author Guidelines

aboriginal policy studies Author Submission Guidelines

Thank you for submitting your article to aboriginal policy studies. This guide is to help you prepare your paper in keeping with our journal's house style. Questions on how to submit to the journal and how its review process works can be answered at our website


Submitting an Article


All articles are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format (PC or Mac), using the author-date style in the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (see CMS, 16.90-16.120, and below).




The submission should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length.




Papers may be submitted in 12-point Times Roman, left justified with a ragged right edge, and set up on 8 ½ by 11 paper with one-inch margins. Pages may be numbered consecutively, but do not use headers or footers.  Please double-space all text, including footnotes, as applicable, and reference lists.


Formatting must be kept to an absolute minimum. This means that titles, headings, and subheadings must be in plain (no italics, no underlining, no bold) font. Titles of books, journals, and other bibliographic information may, of course, be in italics, but not underlined or in bold.




aboriginal policy studies uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., and uses the author-date system detailed in sections 16.90-16.120.


When a text is cited, the author's name and the publication date are included in parentheses, along with a page number, chapter number, or figure number, as needed:


(Millar 1989, 123)


The location of the citation will vary according to whether or not there is a paraphrase, a direct quote, or if the title of the work or the author's name appears in the text:


Millar (1989) suggests that Native leaders should try to establish a "mutually beneficial, interdependent relationship" (285).


Millar (1989, 284) notes that "ritualistic denunciations, oratorical hyperbole, and made-for-television histrionics have only a negative effect."


Ken Coates criticized some of the conclusions made in Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens (Millar 1989) in his review.



The full citation for the reference then appears in a reference list at the end of the article:


Millar, J.R. 1989. Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


If the work quoted is a journal article, it appears as:


            Betts, Paul and Beverley Bailey. 2005. "Sharing Complex Visions for Inclusive Schools. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol. 25, no. 2: 417-32.


Please also note that while titles and subtitles of books in reference lists are usually capitalized sentence style, headline style is used in this journal.


Personal communications, unpublished data, and interviews may be cited as follows, with the name(s) of the interviewee, writer, etc. followed by the nature of the communication:


            (C. Andersen, pers. comm.)

            (S. Atleo, interview)           


Manuscript collections and archival materials are rarely cited using author-date, and are more frequently put into footnotes. When they are cited using author-date, put the name of the archive or institution inside parentheses but mention the date outside the parentheses, as the collection will likely have numerous items from that date.  It is preferable to use footnotes in these cases, as well as for other types of unpublished or informally published material, such as theses, wills, working papers, and legal citations.






a. Footnotes


If an opinion or aside does not belong in the text, it can be put into a footnote, using author/date format within the note as appropriate.


1 In his documentary Reel Injun (2010), director Neil Diamond also addresses many of these same points.



b. Electronic Citations


Wherever possible, please cite physical journals, books, and other materials before citing electronic versions of the same sources. In cases where there is only an electronic version, please follow the following citation guidelines.


Online references, such as websites and information on websites, should include the name of the author, the date, the name of the website, and the title of the page or article, as well as the URL.


Atleo, Shawn A-in-chut. 2010. Assembly of First Nations. "Statement on the Appointment of Grand Chief Edward John as a New Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues." April 29.


Online journals should include a URL if there is no paper edition of the journal in question. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that links and URLs are working and up-to-date as of the time of submission. 




Aboriginal Policy Studies uses a serial comma (e.g.: bats, rats, and insects).


Ellipses are to be formatted as [space]...[space].


"Indeed ... I might have thought so ... and it's true."


If two separate sentences are connected by an ellipsis, please use four dots instead of three.


Please use en-dashes in date and number ranges.


Please use em-dashes when setting text apart:


"The bill-sponsored by the minister-came before Parliament in early June."


Please use curly, not straight, double quotes. Use curly, single quotes within double quotes.





Numbers from 1-99 are to be written out in full unless occurring in a section that is particularly full of statistics.


Captions and headings (chapter 2; figure 1.7) are written numerically.


Number ranges are inclusive:  1­-9; 45-92; 123-25; 1543-45; 108-9; 100-15.



Tables and Images


Please provide camera-ready copy of all tables and figures in high-resolution scans. Please send graphics as separate files, and not embedded in a Word file.


Please use .tiff, .giff, or .pdf files for images, and .pdf or .xls files for graphs and tables.





All images, music, and video require permissions before they can be put on our website. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain any such permissions. If the image, music, or video is the creation of the author, please supply the journal with a letter indicating that permission is given for display on our website.


If the media in question is not the creation of the author, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder. The sooner permission is sought, the better, as obtaining permissions can sometimes be a lengthy process. Once permission is granted, please send a copy of the relevant permissions letter/email/fax to Meika S. Taylor, Editorial Assistant, aboriginal policy studies.


Excessive text quoted from other sources may also need permission to be used.


Any permission fees accrued as a result of the permissions process are the responsibility of the author.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs and/or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


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